Author(s): Andrew Reeves
Counselling Suicidal Clients addresses the important professional considerations when working with clients who are suicidal. The 'bigger picture', including legal and ethical considerations and organisational policy and procedures is explored, as is to how practitioners can work with the dynamics of suicide potential in the therapeutic process. The book is divided into six main parts: - The changing context of suicide - The prediction-prevention model, policy and ethics - The influence of the organisation - The client process - The practitioner process - The practice of counselling with suicidal clients. The book also includes chapters on the discourse of suicide, suicide and self-injury, and self-care for the counsellor. It is written for counsellors and psychotherapists, and for any professional who uses counselling skills when supporting suicidal people. AUDIENCE: Counsellors and psychotherapists. Also ideal for any professional who uses counselling skills when supporting suicidal people. "A uniquely accessible, comprehensive and practical guide. Essential reading for counsellors and psychotherapists and all helping professionals who work with clients at risk of suicide" --Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde. "A 'must read' for counsellors of all experience levels, offering sound practical strategies alongside thought-provoking case studies and discussion points. Reeves addresses this difficult topic with depth, breadth and integrity. Excellent" - Denise Meyer, Developer and lead author of www.studentdepression.org. "Andrew Reeves brings together his experience as a social worker, counsellor and academic to explore the essential elements in working with suicidal clients. His openness and integrity in writing about this complex topic creates a valuable resource for reflective practice"-- Barbara Mitchels, Solicitor and Director of Watershed Counselling Service, Devon.
PART ONE: CONTEXTUAL ASPECTS OF WORKING WITH SUICIDE RISK Suicide and Counselling: An Introduction Historical Perspectives on Suicide and the Emergence of the Medical Model Suicide Trends and Statistics PART TWO: THE PREDICTION-PREVENTION MODEL, POLICY AND ETHICS Suicide Risk Factors and Assessment The Influence of Policy and the Prediction-Prevention Culture The Ethical Imperative of Suicide Confidentiality, Capacity and Consent PART THREE: ORGANISATIONS Counselling Suicidal Clients in Organizational Settings Developing Procedures and Guidance PART FOUR: THE CLIENT PROCESS Understanding Suicide The Use of Language in Counselling Suicidal Clients From Self-Murder to Self-Support Suicide and Self-Injury: Annihilation and Survival PART FIVE: THE COUNSELLOR PROCESS The Counsellor and Suicide Risk: Personal Perspectives and Professional Actions Potential Dangers and Difficulties PART SIX: KEY ASPECTS OF COUNSELLING WITH SUICIDAL CLIENTS Tightropes and Safety Nets: Supporting Practice Good Practice for Self-Support Training Implications for Counselling PART SEVEN: CONCLUSIONS Concluding Thoughts